all started with a quick phone call from George
(who’s car was later described on the
cruise by another car driver as "Predator"
due to the fact that his Jewel Green XAGT
was blending in with the background in the
National Park. I like to think he deserved
this name as it was the only big hitter having
a go)…"Do you want to come on a
cruise through the National Park, stopping
at Stanwell Park, a few of us are meeting
at Tempe at 12?"
agreed and after a few calls tried to muster
a few more numbers. Some could not make it
due to being on club plates and short notice;
others had family or work commitments.
it was off to meet George at his brother in-laws
Paul’s place. Could not miss it really
with the "Predator" out the front,
parked behind it was a very neat VW. In my
opinion the car and driver Paul deserved the
car of the run award (also the lowest car
on the road looking like it was vacuuming
up the roadway as it drove). Paul had the
least power but was nearly always at the front
of the pack and if not there, he was definitely
close in the rear view mirror.
meeting place was McDonalds Tempe. We were
the first to arrive and found a place in the
carpark to allow for our expected guest’s.
While in Maccas partaking in their healthy
cuisine a few other cars arrived.
cars included the awaited arrival of a fresh
transplanted stroked clevo with alloy heads
Yellow XBGS. A ED XR8 HO Sprint sporting a
big front mounted intercooler and lopey sounding
dual exhaust note, a VERY nice Apollo Blue
XBGT. A new green XR6 last and definitely
not least was PaulS in his Pulsar (the XWGT
had to stay at home due to club plate restrictions).
course bonnets were popped and the conversation
of HORSEPOWER began, few blokes started early
on the small brown bottles marked VB.
little more chatting and we were off. Traffic
was fairly heavy so it was a slow run to the
first stop Shell servo at Sutherland. Bit
more HORSEPOWER talk and top up in refreshments
and we were off.
the servo it was time to fluff the feathers,
George was 3rd car to leave the driveway.
Lets just say the exit was loud enough to
cause the prior cars to pull over in the gutter
lane allowing him to fight the three lanes
that wanted to have the ‘Predator’.
COURSE this caused the XBGS and the HO Sprint
to follow suit. Unfortunately I cannot describe
their efforts as I was in the "Predator".
short burst on the little expressway and we
were into the National Park. It was a battle
of the fittest with the big Fords fighting
the twisting blacktop.
memorable part of this trip would have been
a the look on a certain L plate drivers face...who
at the time was doing at least 30kmh under
the posted speed limit on one of the only
straight in the park. George made a special
effort to select second and send the revs
skyward on the clevo as to pass this guy.
We later heard that after a few other cars
passed he had resigned to pulling up on the
stopped at Stanwell Top, more Horsepower talk
and refreshments. After some time and a suggestion
from PaulS it was agreed to stop for a hamburger
at Stanwell Park.
Stanwell Park, a feed, refreshments and more
talk it was time to leave.
was decided the Hwy was the way to go home.
Must admit both George and myself missed the
presence of the "usual suspects*".
was a fairly quiet trip home, except for the
GREAT efforts of the XBGT driver who was having
an absolute ball in his new ride…good
PaulS and I cannot wait for April at WSID
as I am SURE that there will be a few surprised
drivers at this event…..let the games
note: Some lucky guy is going to marry a very
cute little lady (PaulS daughter) who is VERY
up on the facts of all things GT. Dare say
the only arguments in that household will
be on the colour choice of the GT …..the
actual purchase will never be a debate.
usual suspects = Steve (Zircon XTGT), Sash
(Vermillion XYGT), Rip (Vermillion XYGT)